Apple Releases iOS 8.1.1 with Fixes for Blind and Low Vision Users
iOS 8.1.1 is now available for download, and - just as with iOS 8.1 - it includes a number of bug fixes for blind and low vision users. The screen now correctly scrolls to follow the movement of VoiceOver focus. Siri now functions correctly when used with VoiceOver, and all commands/responses appear to be spoken fully.
From http://www.applevis.com/blog/apple-releases-ios-811-fixes-blind-and-low-vision-users, December 05, 2014
Promise of Technology for Persons with Disabilities
Technology advances have changed the way people live. But not all people have benefited equally, due to limited accessibility, social and economic barriers. To discuss the promises of new technology for persons with disabilities and other topics related to the upcoming International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, DESA News met with Daniela Bas, Director of UN DESA’s Division for Social Policy and Development.
From http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/newsletter/desanews/feature/2014/12/index.html#13191, December 04, 2014
CEA Publishes Accessibility Resource Center
The Consumer Electronics Association has announced that it has published a new Accessibility Resource Center, which is a resource guide available to members of CEA to help them understand and meet the new federal accessibility requirements.
From http://www.bsminfo.com/doc/cea-publishes-accessibility-resource-center-0001, December 04, 2014
User Experience Impossible: The Line Between Accessibility and Usability
People often argue whether accessibility is related to usability. I’d say that they are close. In fact, they should be married, because they complement one another, but they’re not the same thing. Some people might even say that accessibility is usability for people with disabilities, but it’s oh, so much more. According to the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C-WAI), accessibility is the means through which “… people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and they can contribute to the Web.” And the International Standards Organization’s standard ISO9241 defines usability as the “… effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction with which specified users achieve specified goals in particular environments.”
From http://www.digitalgov.gov/2014/11/17/user-experience-impossible-the-line-between-accessibility-and-usability/, December 04, 2014
In Self-Driving Cars, a Potential Lifeline for the Disabled
The self-driving car, embraced as a stress-reducing convenience for harried drivers and a potential advance in road safety, could also prove to be a life-changing breakthrough for many people with disabilities, granting them a new measure of independence.
From http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/09/automobiles/in-self-driving-cars-a-potential-lifeline-for-the-disabled.html?_r=4, December 04, 2014
A Simple Accessibility App Can Make the Visual World Audible
Pharmaceutical giant Novartis has created an app to make visually impaired people's lives a little easier. ViaOptaDaily is available for iOS and Android phones, offering a suite of functions that aim to translate the visual world into audible cues. It's essentially six apps in one: there's a weather element, which reads the current conditions aloud; a tool that uses your phone's camera to determine the color of an object; a money identifier that detects and reads aloud the value of bills, and a simple contacts manager, timer and magnifier.
From http://www.engadget.com/2014/12/02/simple-accessibility-app-makes-the-visual-world-audible, December 03, 2014
Canada: Accessible Media Inc Appoints Accessibility Officer
Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today the appointment of Robert Pearson as the organization's Accessibility Officer. Robert will be based out of AMI's Toronto office and will report to David Errington, AMI's President and CEO. Robert joined AMI in April, 2011 as Director, Accessible Digital Media responsible for leading AMI's efforts to improve the accessibility of digital media, develop and manage AMI's relationships with like minded and accessibility focused organizations and to liaise with the CRTC on various initiatives.
From http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1456625/media-advisory-ami-appoints-accessibility-officer, December 03, 2014
USA: Model Digital Accessibility Policies Presented at the United Nations
Newly released ITU and G3ict legislative and regulatory framework for digital accessibility reviewed on International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Jointly speaking in the panel discussion, “Crossing the Digital Divide,” organized by UNDESA at United Nations headquarters in New York on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Gary Fowlie, Head of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Strategy and Policy Unit at the UN in New York, and Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director of the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict), pointed out that “States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) can leverage the unprecedented growth in mobile and Internet use worldwide to promote the inclusion of persons with disabilities in cooperation with organizations of persons with disabilities and industry.” This opportunity is presented in detail in the just released Model ICT Accessibility Policy Report jointly published by the ITU and G3ict.
From http://g3ict.org/press/press_releases/press_release/p/id_82, December 03, 2014
India: What Tech Companies Do to Make the Road Smoother for Persons with Disabilities
Accenture, in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) has developed the Jobability portal that serves as an industry interface between persons with disability (PwD) and prospective employers. This is a new milestone and a step ahead towards our commitment towards I&D. Currently, there is no online job portal exclusively for PwD, which makes this a one of its kind in India.
From http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-12-03/news/56684649_1_portal-employees-pwd, December 03, 2014
December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The UN’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) comes as over a billion people live with some form of disability. This year’s theme, ‘Sustainable Development: The promise of technology’ seeks to harness technology to promote inclusion and accessibility to help realize the full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society. The promise of technology” is timely, the UN says, as it marks the conclusion of the period of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGS) in 2015 and the launch of a new development framework of sustainable development goals (SDGs).
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/01/december-3-international-day-of-persons-with-disabilities/, December 01, 2014